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Re: Tabbed navigation designs and 1.4

From: Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 19:51:34 -0700 (PDT)
To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <868787.73326.qm@web38706.mail.mud.yahoo.com>

Likewise what about 4.1.2? Does it pass that?
Maybe to a sighted user they look like tabs. But they
are ordinary anchors and behave like anchors. When a
link (Good design, About us, Eye Info, etc.)  is
selected the complete page loads, the URL changes and
focus goes to top of page. 
The visited state is exposed to AT by the browser. The
selected state is conveyed via page title and the Jump
link at start of the page.
Is it not deceptive to present these links as tabs to
a sighted user? How do these links differ from other
hyperlinks on the page? Do you regard these as tabbs
just because they are made to appear so?
If these are indeed tabs, I would imagine  that only
the part of the page that displays the tabbed-page
content should change. The focus should either be
placed at the start of the tabbed page content or it
should remain on the tab ... the tab should convey its
new "selected" state. Of course other cues like change
in page title are welcome. Or is my expectation  out
of sync?

Response will be much appreciated.
Sailesh Panchang

> >
> > Take a look at this website:
> >
> > These tabbed navigation designs are quite common
> on a lot of   websites. The
> > first row of links are "tabs" and the second row
> is a sub-menu of the
> > selected tab. The selected tab and its sub-menu
> are associated through
> > presentation (color). ARIA will provide a way to
> programmatically  
> > expose
> > this relationship conveyed through presentation
> (1.3).
> >
> > But what about 1.4? Color is the only "visual"
> means of conveying  
> > which tab
> > is selected. But is this a problem for someone
> with color vision  
> > deficits?

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